Sunday, April 17, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 4/17/11

Curveballs for Jobu is Offbasepercentage's daily trip around the ballparks.

Today's honorary bat boy is Bo Diaz.

Yankees 5, Rangers 2. After getting identical, 4 1/3 inning, 5 earned run performances from Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova the previous two nights, NY got six shutout innings from Freddy Garcia Saturday. Mark Teixiera and Robinson Cano each hit a two-run home run to help Garcia, though EIGHTH INNING GUY Rafael Soriano tried to give up a 3-0 lead and almost did, but Adrian Beltre's potential go-ahead, three-run home run landed just foul. Apparently, Soriano's worst outings this season have come in cold temperatures, which is a really good sign for the Yankees if they make the post-season because it never gets cold in New York in the fall.

Indians 8, Orioles 3
Royals 7, Mariners 0

What in the name of Cory Snyder and Bob Hamelin is going on here? Both the Tribe and Royals are 10-4 and leading the AL Central after Saturday victories. In other news, none of the three other teams in the AL Central are ahead of Cleveland or Kansas City in the standings.

Braves 4-4, Mets 2-0
Now that the Metropolitans have lost seven consecutive games and are 4-11, it's a good time to start a new Countdown to Unemployment, this time for Terry Collins. We'll set the countdown at 30 days.

Devilsrays 4, Twins 3. All anyone can talk about is how poorly the Redsox have played, and maybe it's because of the high expectations in Boston, but the Twins have stunk, too. Minny led 3-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth until Matt Capps gave up a run in the eighth and Joe Nathan allowed a pair of runs in the ninth to drop the Hrbeks to 4-10. And I could've sworn I saw Casey Kotchman working in the produce department of the Ingles down the street from my apartment, but apparently he was batting seventh in the Tampa lineup and playing first base, getting his first hit of 2011 and walking twice Saturday.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 2. Rod Barajas: 1-for-3

Reds 11, Pirates 2. Cincy snapped a 2-2 tie with a seven-run fifth inning, and in other innings, Jonny Gomes continued his assault on the Gomes family record books. The outfielder, who came into Saturday's game with a 166 OPS+, hit two home runs and drove in three more runs against Pittsburgh, which is still reeling from a September, 1995 loss to the Cubs.

Brewers at Nationals ppd moldy hot dog, section 304
Marlins at Phillies ppd Antonio Alfonseca

Other games, but down here....

Astros 5, Padres 3
Cubs 8, Rockies 3
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 3
Angels 7, Whitesox 2
Athletics 6, Tigers 2
Redsox 4, Bluejays 1

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